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Adult Learn To Sail Program is an introduction to sailing. The aim of our program is getting you familiar with boating terminology, safety, aspects and functions of a sailboat, getting you out on the water, and building confidence in handling and maneuvering a sailboat. This program is on 2 evenings (Tuesday & Thursday) a week for 3 consecutive weeks in July and August.
Our sailing courses follow the curriculum created by Sail Canada and upon successful completion you will achieve the Sail Canada Standard for that course. Proof of this achievement is recognized by boating associations, facilities and charter operations around the world.
Our adult sailing courses are taught in smaller sailboats (RS Quest and Shark Sailboats) where you are the weight which provides stability. This is an excellent ways to start your sailing adventure. This program targets an athletic adults that enjoy water sports and enjoy getting wet. You will be trained to sail, capsize and self rescue your sailboat. Expect to get wet and bring a change of clothing! Each participant must provide their own Personal Flotation Devise (PFD).
CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.
NOLSC's three-week CANSail YOUTH sessions in July / August aimed at introducing children between the ages of 9-16 to the sport of sailing. Progressing through the CANSail level system, students are introduced to fundamental, intermediate and advanced sailing skills, while having a huge amount of fun!
CANSail 1 (YOUTH) - Introduction to sailing. The first level teaches sailors the fundamental sailing skills including basic sheeting, steering, and boat handling on all points of sail. Sailors can sail within defined boundaries set by instructor.
CANSail 2 (YOUTH) - Basic sailing. This level teaches sailors to adjust their bodies and boats for changes in direction and wind speed while sailing, and to perform boat handling maneuvers in a control.
CANSail 3 (YOUTH) - Intermediate sailing. This level teaches sailors to integrate the fundamental boat handling maneuvers and balance with basic tactics and strategy, as well as applied sail trim. Sailors are exposed to a greater variety of conditions and participate in a club race or club training camp.
CANSail 4 (YOUTH) - Advanced sailing. This level teaches sailors to perform advanced boat handling maneuvers in a variety of conditions. Sailors can successfully execute maneuvers in a competitive setting and for tactical and strategic purposes. Sailors participate in a one or two-day regatta.
Is the most advanced sailing levels offered at NOLSC. Once students have progressed through CANSail 1-4
CANSail 5 (YOUTH) - Basic integration of racing. This level fully integrates boat handling with tactic and strategy. Sailors are also introduced to to the concept of rig tuning and its relation to boat trim and conditions. Sailors participate in a one two-day boat regatta.
CANSail 6 (YOUTH) - Full integration of racing. This level fully integrates boat handling, sail trim, and rig set up with racing. Sailors train to perform all skills within a competitive race setting with a regatta and in all conditions. Sailors participate in regional or provincial regatta.
Under Rowan’s Law, every sport organization will need to ensure they have policies and procedures in place to address concussion management. Ontario Sailing is strongly encouraging all our member clubs and schools to adopt Ontario Sailing Concussion Management Policy and Procedures. By having everyone adopt one policy, we can ensure consistency across the province which will be key at regattas but also with instructor training and ensuring legislative compliance for each organization.
Ontario Sailing values the long term health of all sailors. As such, we have a comprehensive Concussion Management and Return to Sport Policy and associated procedures.
We have been working closely with current research and national sport and concussion related groups to ensure our policies are up to date and address concerns specific to sailing. The policy and procedures that were passed by our Board of Directors represent countless hours of staff work and consultation.
The policy addresses the four main components from Rowan’s Law:
Our policies and procedures are being implemented for all ages and all participants recognizing the potential effects of head injuries. The health and safety of everyone involved with Ontario Sailing is of upmost importance.
Government of Ontario – Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resources